Meet Emma, the tutor of our new 2021 choir – first session FREE

Choir

Singing music you love with others is amazing and our new choir for ages 15-plus gives you the chance to do just that. No auditions, no pressure – just music. Ahead of the first FREE session on Wednesday, 15 September, we spoke to tutor Emma O’Reilly, a vocal coach and independent singer-songwriter who has toured Ireland, the UK […]

Unsigned changed their lives, make 2021 the year you change yours

Unsigned

As the hunt begins for our latest Unsigned stars, we spoke to former participants Jøra the Førtuneteller, who are going on a UK and Ireland tour and Amelia Stephanides, whose debut EP drops next month. Jøra – aka Sam Howlett, Gui Oliveira, Dawid Tondryk and Josh Shave – said Unsigned has been invaluable to them […]

Write music that you love and find people who love it with you

Music

It’s hard to imagine punk powerhouse and music mentor Millie Manders only being able to perform if she was in her mum’s dining room, with the door closed and her back to it. Or that she still gets stage fright to this day. This is her story. I was surrounded by music from day one. […]

It’s showtime! We’re excited for our 2021/22 theatre line-up

Showtime

**Updated** It’s showtime! We can’t wait to open the doors to our theatre again. There’s plenty to enjoy – with drama, music and our comedy festival (see suggested reads below). Adam Taylor, our Executive Director, said: “I’m so pleased to be welcoming people back into our theatre for our summer/autumn season. There are some cracking […]

Comedy Fest 2021 starring TV favourites and the UK’s standout stand-ups

Comedy

We could all do with a laugh right now, which is why we’re holding our first Comedy Fest this autumn – packed with stars of TV and some of the best stand-ups touring the UK right now. Altered Feast, Norwich’s favourite alternative comedy cabaret night, takes over The Garage with Clutterbuck’s Comedy Club (1 October). […]

Music has more opportunities to create than any other industry

Music

When Ben Street’s fledgling football career was ended by injury, he turned to his first love – music. Now he gets a kick out of performing, promoting and mentoring other artists and running the Wild Paths and Wild Fields festivals. This is his story. It was my grandad on my mum’s side who got me […]

Hooray, we’re having a party 23 July – and you’re invited

Invited

Before fully reopening for classes and a packed performance programme from September, we’re having a party – and you’re all invited. Proving why we’re THE place for performing arts in Norfolk, we’re taking over the streets of Norwich on Friday 23 July with live music, dance and entertainment. We’re also throwing open our studios where […]

Youth Music’s £149K grant will help us change lives

Youth

Let’s make some noise for Youth Music, which has awarded The Garage Trust £149,000 for its Musical Journeys project. The inclusive programme will help young people across Norfolk and Suffolk hone their skills and build their confidence. Statistics have shown a large rise in mental health issues among Norfolk’s children and young people during the […]

5 ways the performing arts make young people and adults feel better

Better

We could all do with a pick-me-up right now. A little me time. Whatever your age, the link between the performing arts and feeling better physically and mentally is well documented. For example. Until becoming a dad, I didn’t know children learn quicker between birth and the age of eight than at any other point […]

Norwich summer holiday fun for ages two-16

Summer

It’s been a hard time for families. That’s why we can’t wait to be back in our studios this summer with some fantastic holiday activities for ages two-16 this August. Gabby Meadows, our Participation Programme Manager, said: “We know how much young people have to offer – we see it every week in our classes. […]

Inspirational students lead the way in 2020 – a year of online HNCs

Students

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, and potentially for good this time, our HNC Acting Lecturer Sam Webber took a look back at a year of online teaching at The Garage Just over a year ago, the day before the first national lockdown was announced, we were preparing for the final week of our HNC […]